- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner48 mins ago
According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will not be the one hearing the appeal for suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Breaking: Adrian Peterson's appeal hearing has been set for 12/2 and Harold Henderson, NOT Roger Goodell, will be the hearing officer
Henderson formerly ran the NFL Management Council as chairman and executive vice president of labor relations for 16 years.
Goodell has the option of hearing it himself or handing it off. Henderson is a retired former member of NFL who ran management council.
The NFLPA had requested a third party to hear the case, something Goodell didn't have to grant, and this is his concession. Of course, Henderson might be viewed as a good ol' boy of the NFL, but he's not a current employee of the league, so it might be the best they could hope for at this point.Sun, Nov 2310:00 AM PSTGreen Bay at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The NFL decided on Thursday night that the Buffalo Bills' home game against the New York Jets would be rescheduled for Monday night in Detroit. In some good news, it will be broadcast on NFL Sunday Ticket.
And that's great, with one pretty major issue: Getting the Bills to Detroit.
Oh, yes. That. Buffalo has had about six feet of snow. The Bills weren't even able to practice on Wednesday or Thursday because of a driving ban. Most players (unless they owned a Caterpillar Skid Steer, of course) were like the rest of the people of Buffalo: snowed in.
To give an idea what Buffalo looked like on Friday morning ...
Orlando Franklin: I've never been 100 percent healthy going into a game, playing hurt is part of the jobOrlando Franklin at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Denver Broncos offensive lineman is giving Yahoo Canada Sports an exclusive first-person account of life in the NFL. Franklin grew up in Toronto before playing at the University of Miami and was drafted by the Broncos in the second round in 2011.
Picture being in a car crash on a Sunday. You spend the entire following week trying to recover, trying to get healthy. Then come the next Sunday, you get into another car crash.
That’s what life is like in the NFL. Everybody’s hurt. I’ve never been 100 percent healthy going into a football game. Ever. Even since college. You just try to get as close to 100 percent as possible. It’s a battle of constantly trying to get as healthy as possible then ruining your body all over again.
In my four years in the NFL I’ve started every game except one. That was last year. I had a high ankle sprain. The doctor told me I should sit out for four weeks, I sat out one week. I just wanted to get back out there and I felt like I was able to be effective.Sun, Nov 231:25 PM PSTMiami at DenverPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
We should be able to point to some good reason why an 0-10 team beats a 7-3 team that has emerged as one of the safest picks every week in the NFL.
And in the case of the Kansas City Chiefs' upset loss to the Oakland Raiders, we have a few reasons.
The Chiefs were in a really tough situation on Thursday night. They were just four days removed from playing the Seahawks, a physical game. Teams haven't done well the past couple years the game after playing Seattle, and the Chiefs had just a few days rest. Kansas City's next game is a home game against Denver, and while we hear "one game at a time" all the time, players aren't robots. They know what that one means.Thu, Nov 20Kansas City20 - 24OaklandGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
The NFL's Ray Rice mess has been wiped up a tad in the public eye since the September release of the now-infamous "elevator" video, but its lasting ripples still can be felt in pop culture.
NBC's "Law & Order" series, in this case the "SVU" show, notoriously borrows (or rips) from real-life newsworthy incidents and folds those stories into their plots, and there's no question that the recent episode "Spousal Privilege" borrows from the post-Rice theme of domestic abuse.
Detective Ice-T, as I like to call him, is scanning some prurient material on the internet — all part of the job — when he stumbles upon a streaming video of a famous sportscaster appearing to push around his wife in a parking garage staircase on some kind of security camera. (I don't know how this happens exactly, or why, but consider this a tease to watch the entire show.)
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
You'll have to excuse the Oakland Raiders for losing their minds celebrating late in Thursday night's 24-20 win against the Kansas City Chiefs. It was their first victory in more than a calendar year.
Still the sight of linebackers Khalil Mack and Sio Moore celebrating a sack 15 yards offside as the clock ran and the Chiefs were getting ready to snap the ball was pretty darn funny.
The sack came on third down, with the Raiders trying to seal a close win. Maybe Mack and Moore thought the sack came on fourth down. Maybe they thought the Chiefs called a timeout, even though they had none left. Maybe the two were so overwhelmed by the moment they forgot what to do next. Either way, the two were doing goodness knows what well behind quarterback Alex Smith as he called for the snap.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
In an interview with USA Today, suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he never will use a switch again and that he thinks he might need a fresh start elsewhere once his NFL career resumes.
Peterson expressed remorse about the way he disciplined his 4-year-old child, which brought charges in Texas, caused Peterson to be placed on the NFL's exempt list and — following a plea deal in the case — a suspension for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season, through at least next April 15.
"I won't ever use a switch again," Peterson said. "There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids."
His status with the Vikings is unknown. The team said it supported the league's suspension of Peterson and did not comment further. Peterson suggested in the interview that it might be time for a new team.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
You can forget about the Oakland Raiders now. That’s a good thing for them.
History won’t really remember these Raiders anymore, the way the 2008 Detroit Lions and their 0-16 finish will be remembered forever. The Raiders, who were 0-10 coming into Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, won 24-20. They can finish 1-15 and nobody will care much.
The NFL’s last winless team, which hadn’t won in more than a calendar year, knocked off a Chiefs team that was 7-3 and coming off a win against the defending champion Seahawks. If that doesn't sum up the NFL in this crazy 2014 season, nothing can.
It looked good early on for the Raiders, looked scary when the Chiefs took a fourth-quarter lead, and then running back Marcel Reece saved the day.
Latavius Murray, who had been criminally underused by the Raiders in their first 10 games, had two early touchdowns, including a 90-yard score. On his fourth carry he suffered a concussion and didn’t return. Even when something goes right for Oakland, it goes wrong.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
With New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying it would be "impractical" for the Buffalo Bills to host the New York Jets as scheduled on Sunday, given the heavy snow that has hit the area, the NFL will not play the game in Buffalo.
The NFL announced on Thursday afternoon that the game would not take place in Buffalo due to the storm. Instead, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Thursday night that the game will be 7 p.m. Eastern time in Detroit. Having the game in Buffalo just wasn't possible or safe.
"All available public safety resources must be available for the community at this time," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said on Twitter.
The three sites that were in consideration wre Detroit, Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh, according to the New York Post.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
We’ve talked extensively this season about how a roundly accepted truism — that running backs should not be drafted in Round 1 in this day and age of the NFL — could be tested this coming April.
Earlier this season, the belief was that Georgia’s Todd Gurley was the one who was most likely to break that. But with Gurley’s ACL injury, which could put him on a timetable to return to football-related activities in late summer, his first-round possibilities are now cast in doubt.
Enter Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon. The current all-time NCAA record holder in career yards per rush (8.46), Gordon set the FBS record last week for rushing yards in a game with 408, beating LaDainian Tomlinson’s mark from 1999 — and Gordon achieved it on a mere 25 carries, playing only the first three quarters.